This month’s growth area came at a pivotal point in my life. I am in a new position this year, I just turned 30, and I’ve decided it’s time to do things I truly WANT to do! It seems like such an easy task, but the more I thought of it the more difficult it became. I thought back to things I did before I had two kiddos or things I did in college and I really tried to reconnect with them through some tasks I believe will get me closer to my end goal. I know it’s so cliche’, but I truly was taken aback when I began to think of what the word Inspired means to me. I chose three areas and three tools to get me where I want to be! You ready to see what they are?
1. She Reads Truth – Growing up, I was part of a seriously devout Christian church. Part of me blames my devoutness for the fact that I’m not so devout now, but I wanted this to change. I know that it’s not always possible for me to attend a church service as I wish so I sought out a way to connect digitally. I ran across She Reads Truth via Instagram ( cc.: @babblingabby) and was immediately blown away with the content and ease of use. I also like that it was aimed toward women. Women who have busy lives. Women who are stay at home moms. Young or old women. It is aimed to US! I started with the Open Your Bible plan and was so amazed by the graphics and content. I wish I could say that I purchase EVERY plan as they come, but I haven’t and I want to. I encourage you to check it out, whether you’re looking for a daily devotion or a supplement to Bible plans you may already follow. Kudos to the women behind SRT !!!
2. Project Life- A REALLLLYYYY long time ago I liked to take pictures. Not so long ago, I took up journaling again. I was on a quest to find a way to merge the two and ran across a method called Project Life. Of course, I ran across it on Pinterest and have created PLENTY of boards to help me. I have also joined a few groups on Facebook ( who’ve helped me in my classroom as well…more on that later). Scoured the internet to research the experts, Ali Edwards (love her style) and Becky Higgins (the mind behind PL). My IG is now filled with Project Life inspiration (cc: @momruncraft , @analogpaper, and @greyhouselane). I then dived head first into a project called December Daily. I did my own version of it, but I kept the focus that Ali Edwards began the project with; Take time to take in the moments during December! It’s soooo amazing to actually stop and take pictures, write, and reflect during such a hectic time. I encourage each of you to take some time and find a process that enables you to reflect and remember the memories we are creating daily!
3. Being a Connected Educator- Each year when we go into teaching, I know that we all develop goals to become a better _____. That blank may be filled with organized teacher, happier teacher, but for me it was connected educator. For me, connecting has always been a strong area of my personality and I continued this as an adult. I am “hip” to all of the social media (I think), I stay abreast of “cool” happenings, and listen to “good” music. However, this year I wanted to connect with other educators. I am so inspired by people like Nicholas Provenzano aka The Nerdy Teacher and how he’s able to truly inspire others! I find that seeing other teachers at work has made me want to do the same and I know it’s the one way I can get better day by day. I started a weekly Techie Tips email, 180 Days to Happy, and have even spoken about using Social Media in the classroom at a Metro Atlanta Conference! I don’t know what’s next, but I do know that surrounding myself with amazing examples is one way to be better.
So, what does inspired mean to me? Inspired means that I draw from others. It means that I pick people who are GOOD at what I would like to be better at. They are people who I can draw from. People who are “mentors in my head”. People who are amazing and aiming to be MORE amazing. Who wants to be like someone who’s complacent? Not me!!!!!!
Who do you look to for inspiration?
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P.S. Shoutout to alllll you wonderful teachers I follow via IG and/or blogs…your work is SOOOO inspiring!!!!!!!